Regulation affects a number of areas relating to the natural environment and Natural England's approach is set out in our Regulatory Strategy. We are implementing the Government’s regulatory reform agenda to provide a simpler and better regulatory service to our customers.
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There is already considerable regulation affecting the management of wildlife, including licensing of activities.
Environmental protection is influenced by new European legislation, in particular the Environmental Damage Regulations.
There are also regulations controlling:
Natural England has produced a strategic standard for regulation which sets out what our regulatory role is and how we go about delivering it. It builds on the principles of the Regulators’ Compliance Code, our compliance and enforcement position (currently being reworked into a separate operational standard) and our customer service standards.
The regulation standard will help customers understand our regulatory work better and how they can expect us to undertake our activities. We would welcome feedback on the standard; please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of our guidance, best practice guides and information relating to Natural England’s regulatory role is given in the List of Regulatory Guidance, Best Practice and Information: (145kb). Each entry provides a link to the documents. Publication of this list is part of the Government’s commitment to the Code of Practice on Guidance on Regulation.
Implementation of the open access legislation contained in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 includes regulation for temporary closure.
Natural England also has enforcement responsibilities and powers.
Providing excellent customer service is fundamental to the way Natural England carries out its regulatory activities. We publish:
We are constantly looking for ways in which we can improve the regulatory services we offer to our customers. To do this we need to understand what our customers think of the services we offer and how they could be improved.
We have various methods of gathering feedback all of which are regularly reviewed to provide insight into what our customers would like to see changed or improved. We use this information to help prioritise where we focus our limited resource.